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Old 05-27-2013, 10:23 AM   #31
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Booked for TT2014 this morning, going other with a friend as MissB will be busy with new foal.



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Old 05-27-2013, 02:15 PM   #32
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Yoshinari Matsushita killed in practice tonight.

"43 year old Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita lost his life in this evening's TT practice session.
The incident happened at Ballacrye in the North of the Island.
The session was immediately red flagged following the accident.
The following statement was issued on behalf of the Auto Cycle Union:
ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita, 43, was killed during the qualifying session at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races in an incident at Ballacrye.
Yoshinari, from Saitama in Japan was an experienced racer who first competed at the TT Races in 2009.
As well as competing regularly in the Superstock and Superbike classes he also finished 5th in the 2011 TT Zero for electric bikes. He was also 2008 Motegi Endurance race winner.
The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Yoshinari’s family and friends.
Gary Thompson, MBE, Clerk of the Course, ACU, commented:
“Yoshi was a really popular competitor who had a large number of friends in the TT Races paddock. He was a genuine and friendly character who always had time for everyone. He will be sorely missed.”
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway."



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Old 05-27-2013, 04:38 PM   #33
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:51 AM   #34
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I was listening to the practice session when it happened.

Terrible loss, my thoughts are with those left behind.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #35
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Finished work tonight, of now until Mon 10 June. Getting the ferry midnight Thursday, getting a wee buzz on now :-)
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:24 PM   #36
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Finished work tonight, of now until Mon 10 June. Getting the ferry midnight Thursday, getting a wee buzz on now :-)

I'm envious! I have to make it to the TT someday.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:05 AM   #37
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Finished work tonight, of now until Mon 10 June. Getting the ferry midnight Thursday, getting a wee buzz on now :-)
one and a half days at work..then it's IOM TT here I come
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:13 AM   #38
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10 years today big man :(

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Old 05-29-2013, 10:09 AM   #39
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Here we go, roads closed.....10mins until the superbikes are out.


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Old 05-29-2013, 10:17 AM   #40
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10 years today big man :(

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First rider I ever saw at the TT (2002). Remember the footage of him waving at the helicopter coming down from the Creg. When asked if he had slowed at that point, he said that the road was straight, and the bike was flat out, so he had nothing else to do!
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:10 PM   #41
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Having a blast in Belfast. From US, so doing a pkg deal. Go ahead and rag me about the snoozebox. Can't wait to get over tmrw am!


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Old 05-29-2013, 12:40 PM   #42
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Having a blast in Belfast. From US, so doing a pkg deal. Go ahead and rag me about the snoozebox. Can't wait to get over tmrw am!


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Cool, I'm about 20 miles from Belfast, going by Ferry tomorrow night.
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Yoshinari Matsushita killed in practice tonight.

"43 year old Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita lost his life in this evening's TT practice session.
The incident happened at Ballacrye in the North of the Island.
The session was immediately red flagged following the accident.
The following statement was issued on behalf of the Auto Cycle Union:
ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita, 43, was killed during the qualifying session at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races in an incident at Ballacrye.
Yoshinari, from Saitama in Japan was an experienced racer who first competed at the TT Races in 2009.
As well as competing regularly in the Superstock and Superbike classes he also finished 5th in the 2011 TT Zero for electric bikes. He was also 2008 Motegi Endurance race winner.

The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Yoshinari’s family and friends.
Gary Thompson, MBE, Clerk of the Course, ACU, commented:
“Yoshi was a really popular competitor who had a large number of friends in the TT Races paddock. He was a genuine and friendly character who always had time for everyone. He will be sorely missed.”
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway."

Sad news. RIP fella.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:52 PM   #44
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Update for Wednesday

Well amazingly this Yank somehow made it over to IOM. I was in London for work, pretty much finished up and didnt need to go to the office, couldnt get an earlier flight home without spending $$ so I booked a flight and a hotel room (last one at this hotel) and here I am I am pretty darn stoked even if I only today and tomorrow through 2pm before I need to head to the airport. Let me just say the Island is amazing!!! I am staying on Promenade Row and walked to the Grandstand area. Got there about 45 minutes before they were supposed to start off. Looked around then high tailed it down Bray Hill and got me a choice spot on the fence line mid way down. They started a little late and took a newcomer around then Rain at Ramsey !! I mean, was I not going to get to see anything? There was a big shower there and they delayed until 7:15. It started to rain but no matter the boys took off!! I can say that I have never seen anything like that before. They came flying over the hill and hit another gear at a good 130MPH and the front wheel went toward the sky, downhill The boys have balls of steel.

Having said that, there were more showers, and most pulled into the pits after the first lap. McGuinness said it was so wet you couldnt learn anything about the bike and it just wasnt worth going another lap. He was on the 600 and he said the big bike is what he really needs time on because its 'scarey' and you really need seat time to get it sorted and under control. Interesting comment coming from 'the man'. The interviewed a couple of other guys who said 60% of the track was wet with standing water in some places and you couldnt touch 5th and braking was an issue. Basically they all seem pretty disappointed; all the way through Wed and maybe they have 3 laps total each. The sidecars did more than one lap though, at least some of them and actually a couple of the bikes went more than one.

Well it wasnt much for my first TT but wouldnt trade it for the world. Maybe stars will align and I can make it next year. In any event here are a few pics
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